According to an article published on the site Power of Positivity there is a big difference “between showing narcissistic traits and being – or meeting the clinical definition of – a pure narcissist / Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).”
In the blog post, we will discuss some of the major differences.
A pure narcissist acts in the following ways;
- Don’t show empathy
This factor “distinguishes narcissists from others” who merely show traits of narcissism. In close relationships, “because of their low levels of empathy, narcissists are more apt to exhibit volatile emotions, e.g. anger and aggression.”
- Act superior and stately
People with NPD, “often exaggerate their skills, abilities, and merits”. They’re known for pretending that they have closer relationships with important people to get ahead or dominating group conversations.
- Overly sensitive
Narcissists don’t take criticism well at all, even “criticism that’s intended to be lighthearted or jovial.” Narcissists can’t cope “in a world that doesn’t cater to their every need.”
Click here for more information on people with NPD.